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Growing Underground simulation/monitoring in the news

last modified Jun 11, 2018 05:19 PM
Growing Underground simulation/monitoring in the news

Inspecting the crops!

The ongoing monitoring and simulation work at the Growing Underground farm in Clapham, London is featured in the June edition of the CIBSE Journal.

Since 2015, a team from the University of Cambridge’s Energy Efficient Cities initiative (EECi), led by Dr Ruchi Choudhary, has been collaborating with Growing Underground since 2015, building on the success of an earlier project at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. A retrofit study of the greenhouses there resulted in the development of a simulation model that incorporated the heat and mass transfer associated with plant transpiration into a dynamic energy simulation of the greenhouse structures. 

The initiative’s collaboration with Growing Underground has presented an ideal opportunity to gather data on the impact of plants on air quality under controlled conditions, and for further development of the simulation tool. Since the link-up, a range of wireless instrumentation has been installed in the farm’s tunnels to monitor temperature, humidity, C02, air velocity and light.

The CIBSE Journal feature details the monitoring and simulation work as presented in a recent paper at the CIBSE Technical Symposium in London, April 2018.